OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A manmade whitewater course in western Maryland is ending the year in the black after a public takeover.

Garrett County officials reported Wednesday on the improved finances of the Adventure Sports Center International near McHenry.

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They say the mountaintop attraction will end the year with net income of nearly $28,000. It had operated in the red since it opened in 2007.

The county took over the tourism-and-training site in March by negotiating a $600,000 settlement of more than $3 million in loans on which the nonprofit owner had defaulted.

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The county says it trimmed $183,000 from the center’s expenses, mostly by cutting salaries, benefits and utility costs.

The center will host the world canoe slalom championships in 2014.

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